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Basic Truth #1

The Book of Revelation is not the revelation of John, but of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.

  • Revelation of divine truth must come by Jesus Christ.
  • Revelation (or an understanding of truth) is a divine property, and ownership has not been relinquished to any man. Ownership implies control and management. God can give to whom He desires or withhold from whom He desires.
  • Many in religion are, as the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:7, "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." It is God's desire that we come to a knowledge of Truth.
  • First Timothy 2:4 states, "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." Truth does not come though human means, only through divine revelation.
  • In Job 32:8 Elihu acknowledged the same truth mentioned in Revelation 1:1. He said, "The Almighty giveth them understanding." Both of these Scriptures speak of truth as a property given.
  • In order to understand the symbols that are used in the Revelation, we must have a key. It is necessary that we have keys to everything. Without keys our vaults, our automobiles, and our homes would remain locked. Jesus said in Revelation 1:18,
    "I . . . have the keys of hell and of death." He has the keys to all eternal things. He said in John 13:3 that the Father put all things into His hands. In Revelation 3:7, we read of Jesus, ". . . he that hath the key of David . . . openeth; and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."
  • Paul said that God "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Beyond salvation, there is much truth to be understood about the Revelation.


The above excerpts are from the following study materials:

Preparing to Pour Out the Vials
and Winepress of the Wrath of God
by Bro. Emerson Wilson
The Book of Revelation Explained, Volume 1
by Earl R. Borders